In a world that's more connected than ever, we find ourselves more divided and polarized, too.
I think we are losing the middle - the common ground - the opening of arms to entertain a point of view different than our own.
Look no further than the fallout from the recent school shooting that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School: a time to mourn, grieve, and deploy empathy. A time to do some serious examining, searching, and questioning in attempt to leave no stone unturned in the search for solutions to ensure that Stoneman Douglas is the LAST time we ever see something like that on the news.
Instead, I saw very little analyzing and compromising, and an abundance of closed-minded name calling.
Erwin McManus shared an important message here (watch until the 4 minute mark) where he indicates that one of the victim's fathers was blasted on Facebook because the public found a photo indicating his support of Donald Trump...inciting comments that "[his] daughter deserved to die."
In a recent blog post, Seth Godin said that "it's impossible to be angry and curious at the same time." I wish our world would start getting more curious.
Rather, I'm finding that more and more we are living a world of "Outrage Porn," a term coined to Ryan Holiday in which he states that the media finds it profitable to find something mildly offensive, broadcast it to a wide audience, generate outrage, and then broadcast that outrage back across the population in a way that outrages yet another part of the population.
In his best-selling book, Mark Manson brings up three ideas that I believe really resonate here:
1. The whole purpose of democracy and free society is dealing with views and people we don't necessarily like - and we are forgetting that.
2. We are all wrong. Instead of being set in your opinion being "right," we should all look to to chip away at the ways we are wrong today so that we can be a little less wrong tomorrow.
3. Certainty is the enemy of growth.
As a nation, and as a world, in order for us to close the gap between where we are and where we want to go, we have to learn how to depolarize. We must link arms and join together - in the middle.